TFQ podcast, Oscar Robertson (#14) Episode: NBA Free Agency, NFL & MLB News

Blair Miller > THE SHIT SHOW, Oscar Robertson Version (Ep. 14) & Appendix

Recorded Monday, July 7, 2014

It was goddamn humid during The Shit Show this week, but Count Yorga and I (Jerkules) kept the A/C and fans off to give you our weekly scoop on the sports world – uncensored insight, as usual.

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In #PROPS & #DROPS we recognize praiseworthy and shameful deeds in the sports world. We tweet several of them throughout the week. Follow Jerkules and TFQ at-large @TFQuarter, and Yorga @count_yorga on Twitter. Here are the ones that require highlights/links to better appreciate.

#PROPS to Rockets rookie Nick Johnson for this mammoth lefty dunk in the NBA Summer League.

#PROPS to Rangers centerfielder Leonys Martin, who got nasty on his former teammate by robbing Oriole Nelson Cruz of a homer.

#PROPS to the Cleveland Indians for turning a crazy-rare 7-2-4 triple play against the Dodgers. We agreed that there should be an inner #DROPS to Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig for squeezing out yet another brain fart to help the Tribe complete the play. Here’s the play.

As always, we did What I Saw, a news section for more discussion-worth shit that happened over the last week.

Yorga saw Jon Maciel, a pitcher for the West Michigan Whitecaps hit a bird in midair with a pitch. Obviously we had to refer to the ridiculous, cartoonish bird-splosion caused by a Randy Johnson pitch back in 2001.

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I saw Saints TE Jimmy Graham get his request to be considered as a wide receiver for a franchise tag denied in an arbitration hearing. We talk about this at length – the legitimacy of the decision, the relevance of it. I refer to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight ‘s Nate Silver, which argues that Graham’s success is largely due to QB Drew Brees. I’m not about to disagree with that claim, but I take issue with Silver’s use of ESPN’s Real Quarterback Rating (QBR) to help determine how Graham might fare with more average quarterbacks. To me, QBR stands as an opponent to the traditional Passer Rating. Cold Hard Football Facts has been making a rock-solid statistical argument about the correlation of Passer Rating Differential to wins and losses for a while.

I saw a ton of NBA free agency action – and the superstars haven’t even decided on teams yet!

I have a new hash tag/phrase for what separates some free agents from others this offseason: #walletdontlie, after Rasheed Wallace’s old “ball don’t lie” saying, which he’d use whenever a player missed a free throw after what ’Sheed deemed a questionable call got the player to the charity stripe. In this sense, if players like Dwayne Wade or others opt for more money and hamstring their team’s roster as a result, or Tim Duncan and other Spurs take less money to have a better chance at winning, well, guys can say whatever they want to the media about being committed to winning, but #walletdontlie. By the way, here’s a great way to describe how Duncan’s wallet don’t lie, how he sacrifices cash for success.

Here’s the box score for our Weekly Woodshed, when the Nats whupped the Cubs 13-0.

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TFQ’s podcast, Randall Cunningham (#12) Episode: NBA Draft, the dilemma for the Heat & more

Blair Miller > THE SHIT SHOW, Randall Cunningham Version (Ep. 12) & Appendix

We’ve got some changes coming to TFQ, namely a change of web address, a new layout and this podcast available on iTunes. (We also decided to start each episode with #PROPS & #DROPS instead of What I Saw.)

For now, my co-host Yorga tries to help me through a hangover while we smoke up thoughts about what’s happened in the last week in sports – and what might happen in the future.

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We/I deemed this the Randall Cunningham episode…. Here’s a sign of my love for Randall. (Note the Jerome Brown tribute crest.) This week’s Statgasm segment also focuses on his body of work – which indicates he was a more productive passer throughout his whole career than most people realize.

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#PROPS & #DROPS is our segment when we give thumbs-up/-down to things in the sports world. You can follow Yorga @count_yorga and me @TFQuarter

#PROPS went out to Michelle Wie for her first career major win at the Women’s’ U.S. Open. She’s often referred to as The Big Wie-zy, after Ernie Els’ moniker, The Big Easy, so I gave a Jeffersons tribute.

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Yorga also gave her #PROPS for her wild post-win celebration, which included, but may not have been limited to, twerking and drinking out of the trophy.

#DROPS to Jets QB Michael Vick for saying that he started the current dual threat QB trend.

Yorga gave #DROPS to the Colorado Rockies fielders for somehow managing to allow three runners to score on a wild pitch. Sickening.

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In our weekly What I Saw current events segment, we applauded Padres pitcher Alex Torres for wearing a new model of protective headgear on the mound. It may not look traditional, but it’s better than concussion or death.

We did a one-off segment, Will He Stay Or Will He Go Now?, otherwise known as the Clash segment. We discussed what the Miami Heat might do with their roster, and what LeBron James and the Big 3 may or may not do in terms of deciding their own contract situations.  A frustrating thing about many pro athletes came up when wondering if Dwayne Wade would exercise his $20 million contract option, which would hamstring his team’s ability to improve the roster even though he’s surely already rich as hell.  I wish more athletes would take pay cuts if their roster needs ask for it, because at the end of the day they’ll still be able to console themselves this way.

Here’s the box score for a Jays-Reds game that was our selection for Weekly Woodshed.

During the Statgasm on Randall Cunningham, I remembered Eagles CB Eric Allen’s amazing 94-yard clutch interception return for a TD to win a game versus the Jets during which Cunningham broke his leg in 1993.

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TFQ’s podcast, Isiah Thomas (#11) Episode: Spurs are NBA Champs & More

Blair Miller > THE SHIT SHOW, Isiah Thomas Version (Ep. 11) & Appendix

So the week since Episode 10 has indeed been event-filled, as we predicted. But there’s also been some sad news, as several prominent names in pro sports passed away. For that we added a temporary segment called RIP, and also focused on the NBA Finals, which the Spurs won.

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At the opening of the podcast, I refer to the many titles I hold here at TFQ (hint: all of them except Count Yorga’s). I use a joke from this classic Pathological Liars Anonymous skit, starring Jon Lovitz on Saturday Night Live.

We deemed this the Isiah Thomas episode, since the man they called The Baby-Faced Assassin wore number 11. That jersey number led me to bring up former NFL QB Jim “Don’t Call Me Chris” Everett, because I seldom pass up an opportunity to refer to his beast mode attack of asshole news reporter Jim Rome. (We also “sparked” our joint in the name of legendary MLB manager Sparky Anderson, also number 11.) Another runner-up for the episode title was Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, whom we call “Cousin Larry” as a nod to Balki Bartokomous from Perfect Strangers, and how he would call his cousin, Larry Appleton by this name.

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In What I Saw we dealt with a few news items:

We deal with PGA golfer Martin Kaymer’s dominance in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open in our Weekly Woodshed, but in this segment we mentioned other highlights of the tourney, including a crazy ace by Zach Johnson on Sunday, and a wild approach by Kenny Perry during the third round.

We gave an update on the Donald Sterling saga, because the embattled (former? Too soon?) Clippers owner has “released the hounds” against the NBA, which could call former NBA Commish David Stern into the fray, evoking this Godfather 3 classic.

We talked about the crazy new renovations the Jacksonville Jaguars are making to their stadium, including spas so fans and players alike can soak in their team’s stink. Here’s a link to the report, just because it seems far-fetched without evidence. But don’t get us wrong – all-you-can-drink/-eat packages are a very welcome plan by professional sports teams trying to combat the ever-improving home viewing experience.

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As always, we did #PROPS and #DROPS this week, some of which are our Tweets throughout the week. You can follow us @count_yorga & @TFQuarter

#PROPS to A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for showing off his cannon arm on two occasions: This play at the plate, and this assist at third. This gave me a great (stoned) idea: an MLB All-Star Throwdown, an added skills competition to the All-Star break, in which outfielders (and others?) compete in some throwing contests. I’d love to see a Cuban showdown: Cespedes vs. L.A.’s Yasiel Puig. If anyone in the game today has a better arm than those two guys, let us know.

#DROPS to the typically-mistake-infused international play by England’s Wayne Rooney against Italy. I said we won’t talk much World Cup because we don’t like to be those douchebag sports people that analyze in depth a sport they don’t know well enough. But I am an England fan, and, really, just wanted a chance to say, “Ugh-Rooney”, a la Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The link in the tweet will explain it if you’ve made the tragic misstep of not seeing the movie.

#PROPS from Yorga to commemorate the 44th anniversary of Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis’ LSD no-hitter. We’ve posted it before but if you haven’t seen this animated recreation of the event (narrated by Ellis himself), you have to.

#PROPS to pro golfer Ricky Fowler, who honoured Payne Stewart 1999’s U.S. Open winner at Pinehurst, by wearing Stewart’s typical old-school knickers style.

#DROPS to ESPN writer Rick Reilly, who drastically misrepresented his own father-in-law’s comments about the debate around the Washington Redskins in the NFL keeping their name. You’ll hear the details in the podcast, but I enjoyed seeing award-winning Reilly being exposed for sloppy reporting because his emotionally manipulative articles and TV segments are reminiscent of Bart’s People on The Simpsons. Fess up, Rick. (At the time of recording, Reilly had issued no public comments that we knew of.)

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The focus of Episode 11, though, is the NBA Finals. We spoke at length about them, and said a lot about Kawhi Leonard, including some #PROPS. If you’ve been missing earlier episodes (for shame!), I started calling him Leonard Part 2 after the Bill Cosby crapsterpiece Leonard Part 6. However, an even better nickname, now that Leonard is pretty much success in itself, is the Ipso Factor, a nod to Leonard’s amazing spy outfit in the film.

I also compared Leonard’s smooth quickness to Apoo when he worked 96 hours straight at the Kwik-E-Mart on The Simpsons and thought he was “a hummingbird of some kind.”

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I also dropped so many TRIVIA BOMBs on the NBA finals that it reminded me of this film classic.

STAY TUNED FOR THE SHIT SHOW, EPISODE 12 NEXT WEEK!

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